Friday, April 20, 2007

Nightingale Avenue

Despite the best efforts of the Police and the Council's wardens, anti-social behaviour around Nightingale Avenue continues to be a problem.

The Dispersal Order, extended to run for 6 months, has certainly helped challenge years of anti-social behaviour in the area. I received a number of calls from residents over the Easter weekend, however, when gangs congregated and made life a misery for local people. The Police and Wardens were called, and where necessary, individuals were moved on and names taken.

The enforcement of the Order continues and individuals who have persistently gathered in the Dispersal Zone have been dealt with by the Courts. The Police and Council have agreed to a new Dispersal Order in the same area for a further three months, (it will have by then been in operation for a full 9 months) by which time the CCTV camera should have been installed on the corner of Salters Lane South.

Finally, we're continuing to push for action to be taken to protect those residents who live around the cuts which link Nightingale Avenue and Hardwick Close, and Daryngton Close and Salters Close. These have become popular congregating points for large groups, lying as they do just outside the Dispersal Order zone. I hope that all options, including closure, will be considered in consultation with local people.

8 comments:

Captain Democracy said...

My giddy Aunt!
In a change of tac Moonface is actually getting involved in real community politics and highlighting problems with anti social behaviour in his ward, rather than scoring snide and petty points off political opponents.
Ever thought of co-operating with people with different political opinions?
Down to earth socialist? More like an arrogant, self righteous, fascist.

Ian White, townliar.com said...

Bring back the birch or lock them up for 6 months see if they re-offend then, theres to many do gooders taken to many powers away from the police over the years. Its time some of these powers were reinstated the kids have no fear of the police so they are not a deterant.
Nick what have been the punishments to date for the offenders?

Darlington Councillor said...

Well thanks for that Captain Democracy. Which "people with different political opinions" would you have me co-operate with on this important local issue?

As far as I'm aware, the Tories only turn generic leaflets out at election time in Haughton West, and certainly don't work in the intervening period. This is the first local election in living memory where the LibDems have had a candidate - again they have no presence outside of the immediate election period.

Only Labour works all year round in Haughton West, representing local people, hence we're the only party to identify and then address the problem of anti-social behaviour in the ward.

Ian - you make a good point about the consequences of defying the Dispersal Order. I'll blog later on that (although the birch won't be on the agenda - at least outside of Hurworth!)

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes...

I have only received one election leaflet so far in Haughton West - Labour.

I have seen the generic Tory leaflet for another ward. When do we get ours?

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes...

I have only received one election leaflet so far in Haughton West - Labour.

I have seen the generic Tory leaflet for another ward. When do we get ours?

miketually said...

I'm in Haughton West also.

We've had one A5 card and one A3 folder leaflet from Labour. Both were well presented, informative, professional, "quality items".

We've othing from the Lib Dem or Conservative candidates. I know the names of the three Labour candidates but would have to look up the names of the Lib Dem and Conservatives...

Darlington Councillor said...

I think Alan, based on experience in previous elections, that the Tories will be the only party to rely on paid distributors - presumably because they haven't got the activist base.

Will there be a LibDem leaflet in Haughton West?

Chris Smith said...

I know I'm in Haughton East, but I do recall some time ago having a newsletter put through our door - an A3-folded paper giving some basic info on what the LibDems are planning. Other than seeing Dr Upshall stood at the traffic lights in Haughton Village, I must admit I can't remember much else about it!